Solidarites International

Deputy Field Coordinator for Programs

Solidarites International

Job Description

Desired start date: 01/12/20 Duration of the mission: 9 months Location: Sittwe, Rakhine state


SI has been in Myanmar since 2008. For the first three years SI worked in the Delta in response to the devastating Cyclone Nargis. In 2011, SI expanded to three new regions (Dry Zone, Rakhine, and Chin State) focusing on Livelihoods, Food Security, Shelter, and WASH sectors. In January 2012, SI expanded to Kachin State to respond to an Emergency situation created by the displacement of Kachin population affected by the arm conflicts. Since 2012 SI has also been responding to an emergency situation by covering basic wash needs of the population displaced by inter-communal tensions in Rakhine State. SI currently has a Coordination base in Yangon, with field bases in the Rakhine and Kachin States. Each office is operational with a Field Coordinator and between 46 (Kachin) and 253 (Rakhine) colleagues. In Rakhine/Sittwe, there are currently 9 international staff: (1 Field Coordinator, 1 Deputy Field Coordinator Program, 1 Logistic Manager, 1 Finance Manager, 1 HR Manager, 2 WASH Program Managers, 1 STS Activity Manager, 1 FSL Program Manager), 1 WASH Program Manager national and more than 250 national staffs. Rakhine base has so far 2 main locations of activities: Sittwe Camps and Pauktaw camps. Main activities in two location are WaSH but also FSL in some camps Activities:
  • Water Supply

  • Sanitation (latrines and desludging)

  • HP and distribution of HK

  • Waste Management

  • Income Generating Activities

  • Cash for Work

  • Fishing activities


General objective The Program Deputy Field Coordinator (PDFCO) will manage and support the Project Managers in the Rakhine State for the implementation of activities, will ensure the relevance of the activities implemented in line with SI annual country strategy and the evolution of the humanitarian situation in the area. The PDFCO will help the Field Coordinator to represent SI programs to partners and stakeholders in Rakhine State. Responsibilities and main activities
  1. Strategic orientation

  2. Coordination and programs monitoring

  3. Institutional knowledge building

  4. Reporting / communication / representation

  5. Team management

The main challenges
  • Relevance and operational quality / operation monitoring: SI operates in different areas – some of them accessible with difficulty.

  • Human resources management: the international and national team is very important, and requires a lot of coordination.

  • Financial backer relations / search for funding: need to adapt to context change (impact of Covid 19, seasonal challenges ex: water scarcity etc); and follow several budgets of several donors

  • Internal and external communication: need to smooth and improve the communication schemes

  • Representation: the amount of time spent in representation is very significant (meetings, donors etc.).

Priorities for the 2/3 first months
  • To ensure that all grants are getting implemented in time and quality despite the limited access due to Covid-19 by establishing a strong remote monitoring and alert in case major delays are happening and adapting the program activities in the frame of the COVID-19 preparedness and response plan.

  • To ensure that Complaint, Feedback and Response Mechanism is in place in all locations and improve Accountability to Affected Population (with the Technical Support and in link with the Program Coordination Team)

  • To reinforce the capacities of the Program Managers, more especially on internal tools and procedures (Budget forecast & follow up, activity planning etc.)

  • To reinforce the inter-department collaboration and coordination, especially with the logistic department in order to ensure punctuality for the implementation of the program activities

  • To ensure a good representation of SI in clusters meeting in link with the Camp Closure Strategy


Education: Post graduate level in related field. Experience:
  • 3 years of professional experience, including a minimum of 2 years in the humanitarian environment, with a positive experience in coordination, project implementation and team management

  • Proven experience in conflict/post-conflict contexts and insecure environments

  • Proven experience in managing teams notably in complex ethnic and/or religious contexts or sensitive environments

  • Previous experience of project management in NGO / humanitarian fields

  • Previous experience in reporting and proposal writing

  • Experience in Capacity Building

  • Previous experience with SI would be an asset

Technical skills and knowledge:
  • Knowledge of WASH and FSL activities

  • Knowledge of Emergency activities in WASH and FSL

  • Strong knowledge of project cycle management, project Design and proposal writing

  • Strong knowledge of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning

  • Knowledge of HR, budget and logistics management

  • Knowledge of protection issues as an asset

  • Knowledge of Solidarités International rules, tools and procedures would be an asset

Transferable skills:
  • Excellent management skills

  • Good analytical and writing/editing skills

  • Good communication and diplomatic skills

  • Good organization skills

  • Good training skills

  • Capacity to work under pressure

  • Good pedagogical skills

  • Strong capacity to take initiatives

Other desirable qualities:
  • Rigor, patience, autonomy, flexibility and ability to adapt are mandatory skills.

  • Good computer skills: Excel, Word, Power Point, Sphynx, GIS etc…would be an asset.

  • Previous experience with SI (highly recommended)

  • Previous experience in Rohingya crisis is an asset

  • Fluent English (written, spoken and read), essential for writing proposals and reports and for external coordination and representation meetings with other NGOs, UN agencies, donors.

  • Capacity to work with non-native English speakers (most of national staff speak limited English, especially at Base level)


A salaried post: According to experience, starting from EUR 2200 gross per month (+ 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly i.e. EUR 2420 gross per month) and a monthly Per Diem of USD 500 / month. SI also covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of origin and the place of assignment. Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of 7 working days every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7 working days break at 3, 6 and 9 months (with 850 USD allocated by Solidarités). To these break periods, it is necessary to add the granting of one additional rest day per month worked, i.e. 12 days in addition for a one-year contract**.** Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded. LIVING CONDITIONS Sittwe is the capital of the Rakhine state, and is located 1 hour away (by flight) from Yangon. The weather is classified as a tropical monsoon climate. There is access to basic health care in Sittwe, as well as to a few supermarkets where people can buy all basic items. The guesthouses are comfortable (with a large common area, private bathrooms in some rooms, AC in all rooms, TV, etc…) and a proper kitchen area in each. They are equipped with basic furniture (beds, tables, cupboards…) and mosquito nets, bed linen, towels and fans. A cook can prepare dinner upon request. The office is located 5 minutes from the guesthouses by car. Please note that the COVID 19 pandemic can impact the movements, and security rules are regularly reviewed / adapted to the situation.
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